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Developed in the early 20th century by Wilhelm Reich (1897–1957), a physician, scientist, and psychoanalyst, Reichian therapy, or orgonomy, is a systematic, psychodynamic, and somatic approach that provides character and biophysical restructuring. Its engaged verbal therapy, paired with somatic interventions, contrasted the widely accepted psychoanalytic approach of Reich’s mentor, Sigmund Freud (1856–1939). Orgonomy recognizes the functional identity of mind and body, and Reich’s theories can be considered the foundation of the somatic therapies that followed. Also known as medical orgone therapy and orgonomic therapy, Reichian therapy recognizes how armoring against the free flow of life energy blocks authenticity and open expression and affects an individual’s capacity to experience aliveness, meaning, and fulfilling relationships. Orgonomists believe that a loving sexual life is a vital aspect of ...

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